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DNA evidence tested on SA murder cold case

AAP logoAAP 19/09/2016

The murder of a teenager in South Australia 45 years ago is still an active investigation for police, with a $1 million reward on offer.

Seacliff teenager Patricia "Suzie" Schmidt was murdered after she finished her second shift at Burger King at Darlington in 1971.

She was 16 at the time.

In the past 18 months, there have been more than 20 calls to Crime Stoppers over the case and DNA evidence has been sent to New Zealand for specialist examination.

But the new lines of inquiry haven't led to any firm leads, with police hopeful new technological advances can lead to a breakthrough.

"For police it's never 'the end' with inquiries such as this," Detective Brevet Sergeant Paul Tucker said.

"We're always hopeful, forensic science has come a long way and we're always excited by the prospect that something may come up."

A $1 million reward is on offer for information leading to the arrest of the person or people responsible for the murder.

Patricia decided to walk home from her shift on December 18 after her father was running 10 minutes late to collect her.

Police believe she had been sexually assaulted before being murdered.

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